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2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live: Ranking data

We ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 to come up with our third annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. This is a data-driven list based on more than 40 data points. This year we are proud to have collaborated with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida and assistant clinical professor Steven Pedigo from the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at NYU School of Professional Studies, our new data partners EMSI and our stellar board of advisors in shaping our proprietary methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities. See if your town made this year's list (or the 2015 and 2014 rankings). Get ready to plot your next move, and make one of these best places your best place.

Rank City Amenities Civic Demo. Econ Educat. Health Housing Infrast. LivScore
#1 Rochester 71 75 54 55 60 80 84 59 674
#2 Bellevue 78 79 72 53 66 68 58 61 670
#3 Madison 68 64 37 66 72 88 60 66 651
#4 Santa Barbara 71 60 61 52 71 75 66 64 651
#5 Boulder 68 69 32 56 87 68 68 70 649
#6 Palo Alto 61 88 72 47 72 63 45 65 646
#7 Bismarck 69 67 60 65 51 68 74 61 645
#8 Ann Arbor 70 62 35 49 94 72 57 74 643
#9 Iowa City 62 60 37 59 82 83 67 60 642
#10 Sioux Falls 70 56 54 68 56 72 77 58 640
#11 Walnut Creek 67 84 67 47 67 68 60 51 639
#12 San Mateo 59 72 78 59 59 62 58 63 638
#13 Fort Collins 73 66 36 54 84 61 68 63 638
#14 Overland Park 65 87 56 55 72 74 53 45 636
#15 Fargo 71 61 40 64 62 71 73 66 636
#16 Rapid City 67 55 63 60 57 72 78 56 635
#17 Rockville 56 82 73 54 68 61 56 53 631
#18 Ashland 52 76 41 50 77 74 58 74 631
#19 Santa Cruz 63 61 35 52 82 76 72 62 631
#20 Olympia 80 67 49 42 63 66 69 67 630
#21 Charlottesville 73 57 39 47 76 70 64 76 630
#22 Edina 58 91 57 52 69 63 58 54 629
#23 Longmont 64 58 63 64 58 71 70 55 629
#24 Littleton 72 76 66 54 64 50 67 52 627
#25 Kirkland 67 77 51 61 56 64 64 60 627
#26 Lakewood 64 63 64 56 66 70 64 54 626
#27 Boise City 57 68 52 56 72 68 64 60 624
#28 Grand Forks 65 67 35 59 69 65 71 66 621
#29 San Luis Obispo 62 58 31 46 81 81 73 60 620
#30 Davis 57 70 36 54 78 78 62 58 620
#31 Sarasota 83 40 69 39 65 74 52 71 619
#32 Missoula 68 60 26 53 69 81 71 66 619
#33 San Buenaventura (Ventura) 64 61 61 59 68 65 66 51 619
#34 Bozeman 64 69 33 51 88 75 52 60 618
#35 Ames 61 58 24 62 90 72 66 59 618
#36 Chapel Hill 65 65 42 44 81 68 63 64 617
#37 Honolulu 83 36 74 58 61 69 54 59 617
#38 Corvallis 59 65 25 50 77 80 67 69 617
#39 Billings 66 53 57 54 58 67 81 54 615
#40 Scottsdale 69 79 64 51 74 60 49 44 614
#41 Loveland 63 62 62 65 55 68 64 52 614
#42 Newton 53 96 51 55 68 60 45 60 612
#43 Manhattan 64 45 40 58 79 73 75 55 611
#44 Lafayette 62 71 56 54 58 67 65 53 610
#45 Menlo Park 49 92 62 54 57 62 43 66 609
#46 Columbia 73 51 39 57 68 77 67 53 609
#47 Reno 65 39 66 42 76 67 65 64 608
#48 Lincoln 67 53 43 61 57 69 76 61 608
#49 Arlington 60 81 52 41 65 62 60 62 607
#50 Irvine 57 81 60 39 86 69 37 53 607
#51 Downers Grove 52 89 40 58 70 62 60 53 606
#52 Aberdeen 50 58 58 67 51 74 78 48 605
#53 Bend 61 61 60 49 70 69 52 59 604
#54 Pleasanton 49 89 57 51 75 63 50 45 604
#55 Salt Lake City 64 46 51 54 61 66 67 74 603
#56 Alexandria 70 81 55 39 55 59 62 58 600
#57 White Plains 51 71 65 47 58 67 51 68 600
#58 Monterey 63 69 58 49 48 64 69 59 599
#59 Boca Raton 79 78 62 37 71 50 40 58 598
#60 Dickinson 64 71 60 78 33 49 64 60 598
#61 Helena 59 81 46 56 48 60 69 59 597
#62 Water 58 55 48 63 57 64 77 56 597
#63 Santa Rosa 64 51 65 48 62 79 55 53 597
#64 Richland 60 83 64 45 63 46 62 53 596
#65 Petaluma 61 75 55 47 56 65 67 48 595
#66 Renton 58 39 67 71 65 67 61 48 595
#67 San Rafael 66 63 70 43 41 76 59 56 594
#68 Napa 62 47 69 54 55 67 68 55 594
#69 Asheville 57 55 68 44 67 69 56 57 594
#70 Camarillo 60 84 63 44 60 56 64 43 594
#71 Murray 52 52 53 65 58 65 66 64 594
#72 Bellingham 70 49 23 51 74 72 65 67 593
#73 Novato 60 83 61 49 44 73 62 42 593
#74 Portland 57 61 30 53 62 84 52 72 593
#75 Casper 62 54 60 72 45 51 81 50 593
#76 Bloomington 72 46 20 53 73 71 64 72 592
#77 Mountain View 46 83 61 50 46 68 49 68 592
#78 Lawrence 70 54 31 50 73 73 68 52 591
#79 Miami Beach 80 50 53 54 60 58 47 69 589
#80 Bothell 64 71 63 63 66 40 54 52 589
#81 Lexington 74 54 49 45 71 62 60 54 589
#82 Bountiful 43 81 52 45 71 48 75 54 589
#83 Redwood City 53 58 67 56 49 70 54 63 588
#84 Fremont 50 70 65 46 73 64 54 48 588
#85 Berkeley 60 55 48 53 80 62 53 59 588
#86 Plano 67 81 62 51 66 62 37 43 587
#87 Goleta 64 79 56 59 54 39 66 55 587
#88 Cedar Rapids 65 62 44 60 54 64 74 46 586
#89 Brookings 58 53 29 65 76 66 64 58 586
#90 Midland 55 82 37 51 57 58 79 49 585
#91 Pullman 59 59 38 54 79 68 45 64 585
#92 Fredericksburg 65 49 56 34 67 63 62 71 584
#93 Greenville 69 57 58 46 54 63 64 56 584
#94 Eugene 71 54 30 42 73 69 60 66 583
#95 Issaquah 56 75 60 55 53 61 54 52 583
#96 Stillwater 71 50 36 57 86 63 47 57 583
#97 Santa Clara 53 57 63 48 59 70 57 59 583
#98 Stamford 63 65 66 33 46 59 64 69 583
#99 Cambridge 59 72 39 59 61 71 37 65 583
#100 Bethesda 57 83 61 38 58 60 50 56 583

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